Philosopher and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti’s life has been a source of intrigue and curiosity for those who are acquainted with his oeuvre. In this Hindi translation of Krishnamurti: His Life and Death, Mary Lutyens shares a personal and philosophical account of his life, staying aligned with his beliefs about the world, the nature of knowledge, self, life and death. The translator, Mukesh Gupta, brings alive the author’s world-view through an apt adaptation of ideas into the cultural vision of another language.
Krishnamurti himself asserted that he did not want his writings to be re-interpreted, yet he was keen that his ideas should ignite discussions among people. Keeping that at the heart of the account, the author looks at Krishnamurti’s life through his own teachings. In his formative years, predictions about his future started coming true, yet with a twist. His close association with the Theosophical Society is recounted with striking detail, and Lutyens looks closely at a life that unfolded with a balance between mysticism and intellectual inquiry. A friend and follower, she places his spiritual practice and teachings as the anchor to understand his deepest quest. While Krishnamurti later dissociated himself from the Theosophical Society, he also urged his students to not follow him blindly. He gently led them to find their own path as he sourced their spiritual journey. This moving account is a humble tribute to one of the most iconic intellectuals of India in the 20th century and a riveting chronicle of a life lived fully.